Book Launch -- The Hard Road to Reform: The Politics of Zimbabwe's Global Political Agreement, edited by Brian Raftopoulos

Friday, 19 April, 2013 - 12:30

WISER invites you to the launch of a new book on the politics of Zimbabwe's Global Political Agreement edited by Brian Raftopoulos and featuring some of the best work of Zimbabwe's young scholars.

Venue: WISER Seminar Room, 6th Floor Richard Ward Building, East Campus, Wits


Brian Raftopoulos, leading Zimbabwean scholar and activist. Formally Professor of Development Studies at the University of Zimbabwe, currently the Director of Research and Advocacy in the Solidarity Peace Trust, an NGO dealing with human rights issues in Zimbabwe. He has published widely on Zimbabwean history and politics and is at present affiliated with the University of the Western Cape.

Deprose Muchena, Deputy Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). Muchena's academic and professional interests are in fields of political economy of development, economic governance as well as poverty and inequality.

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The defeat of ZANU-PF in the 2008 parliamentary election marked the end of one-party rule in Zimbabwe. The Global Political Agreement signed later that year resulted in a Government of National Unity, and the former ruling party was, for the first time, faced with the reality of sharing power.

The Hard Road to Reform presents a penetrating analysis of developments since the GNU was established, reviewing recent political history from a range of perspectives – political, economic, social and historical, and featuring the best work of Zimbabwe’s young scholars.

As Brian Raftopoulos writes in his Introduction: ‘the book is an attempt to analyse and assess both the hopes and frustrations of the last four years and to confront the harsh challenges that lie ahead’.


Brian Raftopoulos –An Overview of the GPA: National Conflict, Regional Agony and International Dilemma; James Muzondidya – A Critical Review of the Politics of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Parties; Gerald Mazarire – ZANU-PF and the Government of National Unity; Bertha Chiroro – Responses of Civil Society to the Inclusive Government; Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni – The African Union, SADC and the GPA in Zimbabwe; Munyaradzi Nyakudya – Zimbabwe’s Relations with the West in the Framework of the GPA; Shari Eppel – Repairing a Fractured Nation: Challenges and Opportunities in Post-GPA Zimbabwe

ISBN 978 1 77922 216 0